Applying for Jobs on LinkedIn

Applying for Jobs on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a fantastic way to search and apply for jobs. There are several ways that you can apply for jobs on LinkedIn as outlined below.

LinkedIn easy apply

Easy Apply is a streamlined way of applying. It depends on the company and position but may be more applicable to certain types of jobs. If the posting has it available, it will streamline your application process without requiring you to leave LinkedIn.  You will have the option of attaching a resume (hint: you should attach your resume), a preferred e-mail and phone number.

Job Posters on LinkedIn

These individuals can be recruiters, hiring managers, and human resources staff. One important thing is giving the poster the opportunity to view your full profile to increase your chances of getting interviewed. You can view LinkedIn’s steps to share your full profile here .

How to ask for a job referral

Asking for a job referral can be a touchy situation; you should always be prepared to approach it with kid gloves. Individuals referring you are putting their own reputations and identities on the line on your behalf. There are many aspects to consider. The best thing to do is share with the person your interest in the position, and why you would be a good fit. Perhaps they will offer, but after you have made a compelling case ask them nicely with consideration to their concerns. 

How to Search for Jobs on LinkedIn

Applying for Jobs on LinkedIn

LinkedIn Job Seeker

LinkedIn has made it easier than ever to search for jobs. When using their site, they automatically connect you to postings based on your profile and career interests. Allowing you to “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” a posting, based on your preference, helping them improve the accuracy of jobs selected for you.

Benefits of LinkedIn for job seekers

The benefits of including LinkedIn as part of your job search are enormous, consider the following:

  • Identifying mutual connections of employees at a prospective company.
  • Locating and connecting with a prospective company’s employees.
  • Connecting with recruiters and hiring managers of a prospective company.
  • An opportunity to portray your skills, differentiate yourself, and show references to prospective recruiters and hiring managers outside the normal application process.

LinkedIn job search

LinkedIn allows employers to post jobs on their site for the public to find. They provide two easy ways to do this, and it can be done from your phone, tablet or PC. Ways to apply include;

  • Standard method: via the apply button, a long-form job application through the company’s website
  • Easy Apply: not always available, but can make the job application process more streamlined for all parties involved.

How to find jobs on LinkedIn

There are many ways to find a new job via LinkedIn, the best thing to begin is acquaint yourself with LinkedIn. After that, here are some suggestions:

  1. Build out your profile; our article “How to Write a LinkedIn Profile,” is a great place to start. The more information you provide and the more you tailor your profile to your desired job the more LinkedIn can help you
  2. Go to ‘Jobs’; click the icon on the top and review the jobs LinkedIn thinks are a match.
  3. Dig deeper; you can track your jobs, add career interests, search by location or job type, and also research your earning potential.

How to Message Someone on LinkedIn About a Job

Applying for Jobs on LinkedIn

How to message a recruiter on LinkedIn

If you have found a job or a company that you may want to apply to, odds are you can find a recruiter that works there.

One of the easiest ways is to search your network and search for the recruiter and message via InMail. However, do some digging. Larger companies may have teams of recruiters who specialize in different departments or roles. Try to match the recruiter to a job posting and align the two. This will increase your odds.

Sample message to a recruiter on LinkedIn:


I recently applied for the position of (job name), via your website. I located you through our mutual connection, [connection name], and noticed you recruited for [company or department or job].

Based on the description, the role will be a great fit. I have highlighted 3 reasons below based on my experience and achievements to demonstrate:

[Provide 3 examples]

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

I look forward to speaking with you.

Best Regards,

[Your Name]

[Contact information – e-mail and personal phone]

How to message a hiring manager on LinkedIn

Applying for Jobs on LinkedIn

A hiring manager may have a different role than a recruiter, and you’ll want to be cognizant of that. Do your best to find the decision maker for the job and approach them with caution.  Their role can vary in the hiring process, so determine an objective for reaching out before. Consider them knowing who you are, responding, or recommending you be interviewed, as a win.

Sample LinkedIn message to the hiring manager:


I recently applied for the position of (job name), via your website.

Our common connection, (connection name), informed me you were the hiring manager for the role. Because I believe I am a strong fit for the role, I wanted to take it a step further and connect on LinkedIn. Please check out my profile, but here are 3 experiences that make me perfect for the role.

[Provide 3 examples]

Please let me know if you have any questions about my experience.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Best Regards,

[Your Name]

[Contact information – e-mail and personal phone]

There are many ways to craft messages to recruiters and hiring managers. Empire Resume specializes as a LinkedIn profile writing service if you need help creating a great profile.  

Maria Gold is a Content Manager/Writer for Empire Resume. She is dedicated to helping educate people with the latest career articles and job search advice. When Maria is not working, she enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family.

Applying for Jobs on LinkedIn

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